Marvel Strike Force

App review by
David Chapman, Common Sense Media
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Marvel heroes, villains team up for fun, mild combat.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

Main battles involve the standard process of picking a target and an attack, letting game do the rest. Real challenge comes between battles, when players have to manage rosters by leveling up, equipping characters, managing resources, completing tasks, recruiting new teammates.

Violence

Characters face off against each other and attack with a combination of special powers, hand-to-hand attacks, guns, and other special abilities. No visible blood during attack animations. Instead, defeated characters either fall to floor, disappear, or are knocked off screen.

Sex
Language

Although there's an online chat function, the game's profanity filter should help keep younger players from being directly exposed to strong language. Still, other players constantly try to find creative ways to get around filters.

Consumerism

Features characters from vast library of Marvel Universe, which includes comic books, movies, TV shows, and other merchandise. Multiple in-app purchases available, including featured limited time "specials," which can be bought to help your progress. These purchases aren't required, but it can be much slower to move forward without them.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Marvel Strike Force is a turn-based strategy/role-playing game available for download on iOS and Android devices. Players recruit and fight with or against the various characters from the Marvel Universe. Battling is central to the game, with cinematic animations showing fights based on characters' abilities and weapons. While violence is pretty much a constant, no blood or gore is shown during fights. You can progress in the game without spending any money, but it's extremely slow unless you're willing to make the occasional purchase. Due to the online nature of the game and its live chat feature, there's a risk of kids being exposed to toxic behavior, despite the game's built-in profanity filter.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byPablo G. April 5, 2018

Suitable for young very children

Violence is in no way graphic, although it makes up most of the gameplay. Simple to play, but it is very addictive!
Adult Written bygreg e. May 1, 2018
Teen, 16 years old Written byZhee April 16, 2018

Fun Game With a Toxic Community

I started playing this game a few weeks ago, and I can't put it down. While the gameplay is quite fun, the community and chat are so mean to each other. I... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bystephcurr123 July 13, 2018

Awesome fun game loaded with consumerism and Marvel superheroes

Marvel Strike Force is a mobile game where you get to play as you’re favorite Marvel heroes and Villains in turn-based gameplay. There is some violence, and pro... Continue reading

What's it about?

MARVEL STRIKE FORCE brings together the heroes and villains of the Marvel Universe as they battle for survival against interdimensional Kree warlord Ultimus. For some time, Ultimus has made his way through the multiverse, conquering countless versions of our planet, enslaving their inhabitants, and building a massive army of super-powered warriors brainwashed into doing his bidding. And now he has his eyes set on our Earth, a dimensional nexus point that will allow him complete domination over the entirety of the multiverse. With a threat this dire looming, Nick Fury puts out the call to all heroes and villains throughout the universe, recruiting them as part of his Strike Force protocol. They'll need to put aside their differences and team up to defeat their alternate-universe doppelgangers, driving Ultimus' forces back and defeating the warlord once and for all.

Is it any good?

As good as comic book characters are alone, there's nothing quite as exciting as when they all come together and duke it out in a massive super-powered crossover melee. Marvel Strike Force captures that feeling as players recruit and choose their favorite characters, mixing and matching powers and abilities to come up with effective combinations. The battles look amazing, too, with sharp details and fluid animations that bring the comic book action to life. Whether it's Captain America throwing his mighty shield or Jessica Jones introducing her knee to some poor thug's groin, each character feels distinct and unique.

You'll unlock lots of different modes as you level up in Marvel Strike Force, many of which come with their own energy resource that you'll use to play. That's good for making sure you've got something to do, even if the gameplay rarely changes. While there might be restrictions or special goals, it always boils down to pitting your five best characters against whatever the game throws at you. One big downside to the game is that if you want to make any real progress, you're either going to have to spend a fair bit of money on special offers or resources, or you're going to have to do a LOT of replaying the same stages over and over. Even when you do spend money, there's still no way to avoid the repetition. It just makes things slightly more streamlined. While that might keep you from getting ahold of some of your favorite characters for a while, it never takes away from the overall excitement of battle. But just like most comic book crossovers, expect to deal with a bit of build up before the truly epic battles begin.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about heroes. What are some of the traits that define "heroes," both in comics and in the real world? What about "villains"? Can even those perceived as "bad guys" wind up doing good deeds?

  • Talk about microtransactions in apps. How do "free to play" games like Marvel Strike Force encourage players to spend money? What are some ways to budget spending money on in-app purchases?

  • Discuss the popularity of the Marvel Universe. Do you think that Marvel Strike Force would be as enjoyable if it featured a different franchise, like Star Trek or Star Wars? Is it fun or appealing because of the characters that you play with and against in the app?

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